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Alexander Langlands is a British archaeologist and medieval historian. He is a regular presenter for the BBC and teaches medieval history at Swansea University. He currently resides in Swansea, Wales.

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Edwardian Farm [2010 TV series] (2013) — Presentor — 5 copies
Victorian Farm [2009 TV series] — Presenter — 2 copies
Wartime Farm [2012 TV series] — Presenter — 1 copy

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This was a delightful excursion through a variety of crafts through the eyes of an archeologist and near-compulsive dabbler. Langlands has had the opportunity to either set his hand to the crafts described or seen, first-hand and up close, masters demonstrating their skill at them.
[Audiobook note: Matthew Lloyd Davies is an excellent reader. I intend to look for other books he has narrated.]
 
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Treebeard_404 | 7 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Illustrations would have been helpful or even stills from the Farm series that related to the topic. Otherwise, a solid read. It does help to have watched all the Farm series beforehand so you have a good clue to what he's talking about ( and being able to picture what he's describing).
 
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pacbox | 7 other reviews | Jul 9, 2022 |
I'm so delighted that another member of the archaeological team that brought us the British "farm" series is turning to authorship, and doing a bang-up job of it, too. I was initially a little skeptical -- the use of craeft, with it's odd spelling seemed like a potentially pretentious sign. Instead, I found a thorough and fascinating intellectual argument woven through both personal storytelling and thoughtful investigations of how things have been done through history. Thoughtful is a great word for this book -- Langlands does a wonderful job providing a vast historical context, both past and present, and manages to avoid sinking into a quagmire of nostalgia without practical purpose. He also links the evolution of crafts in ways that that I would not have thought of, and offers a lot of food for thought for incorporating this sort of work into modern life. I learned a lot here, and I enjoyed taking my time reading it.

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jennybeast | 7 other reviews | Apr 14, 2022 |
This is not craft, this is history of craft and cosplay as a craftsman. I am interested in and respect the Amish and other societies that selectively accept technological progress but the author's objections to modern tools are based on some baseless romantic notions and have sod all to do with craft.
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Paul_S | 7 other reviews | Nov 27, 2021 |

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